The state of Hawaii has been overhauling much of its existing approach to tourism. One of the significant changes this entails will be a host of new fees and required reservations for visitors to expect across the islands. While progress on much of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s elaborate six-year “strategic plan” remains slow, some fees and reservations are already being imposed at specific locations.

Distribution so far is not even, and, in all honesty, it is also reasonably unpredictable. Some fees on this list are many months old, others much younger, and there are many unlisted that indeed will appear in the near future. It has yet to be determined (at least publicly) the specifics regarding the timeline.

Given those disclaimers, what follows is an island-by-island list of the new or updated fees and reservations you can expect to encounter if you are to visit Hawaii in 2023.

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Oahu Fees & Reservations

Reservations for Diamond Head State Monument

Including Leahi Hiking Trail

Reservations are required for out-of-state visitors starting May 12, 2022

Entry fee (non-resident): $5 per person. Parking fee (non-resident): $10 per vehicle.

Visitor entrance fees are available at Hawaii DLNR.

Admission at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

$25 entry fee for non-residents over 13. Free parking fee for residents $3 parking fee for non-residents.

Mandatory viewing of an educational video before entry, even if you’ve previously visited and already seen the video before.

The beach opens at 6 am daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays when it is closed.

Camping in Any State Park

$20/campsite for residents (limit ten people, currently only 6 per site), $30/campsite for visitors (limit ten people, currently only 6 per site)

Na Pali Coastline Kauai

Na Pali Coastline Kauai

Kauai Fees & Reservations

Admission & Parking to Waimea Canyon 

$5/non-resident, free for residents. $10/non-resident vehicle, free for residents 

Fees paid for Waimea Canyon State Park also apply to Koke'e State Park. You do not need to pay twice.

Admission & Parking to Koke'e State Park

$5/non-resident, free for residents. $10/non-resident vehicle, free for residents.

Fees paid for Koke'e State Park also apply to Waimea Canyon State Park. You do not need to pay twice.

Reservations, Admission & Parking to Haena State Park

Including the Kalalau Trail & Ke'e Beach

Reservations are required; reserve here.  $5/non-resident, free for residents.  $10/non-resident vehicle, free for residents.

Camping at Napali Coast State Wilderness Park

$25/night per resident, $35/night for non-resident 

Camping in Any Other State Park

$20/campsite for residents (limit ten people), $30/campsite for visitors (limit ten people)

Wailua Falls on Maui

Wailua Falls on Maui

Maui Fees & Reservations

3-Day Admission to Haleakala National Park

$30/vehicle, $25/motorcycle, or $15/pedestrian or bicycle.  

***Admission fees for Haleakala National Park in 2023 are waived on certain days (see below).

2023 Fee-free Days

No entrance pass is required on these days:

For sunrise, a reservation is required for each vehicle entering the park from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. You may book a reservation up to 60 days in advance and 2 days in advance of the start date.

Reservations, Admission & Parking at Waianapanapa State Park

$5/non-resident over the age of 3.

$10/non-resident vehicle.

***Reservations are also required for Waianapanapa State Park. Reserve here

Reservations, Admission & Iao Valley State Park

Advanced reservations to enter ‘Iao Valley State Monument are now available online.

All Hawaii State Parks day-use reservations can be made at https://gostateparks.hawaii.gov/iao-valley.

The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. The additional non-resident entrance fee is $5 per person, with no charge for children under three years of age.

Camping in Maui State Parks

$20/campsite for residents (limit ten people), $30/campsite for visitors (limit ten people)

Kilauea Caldera on the Big Island of Hawaii

Kilauea Caldera on the Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island Hawaii Fees & Reservations

7-Day Admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

$30/vehicle, $25/motorcycle, or $15/pedestrian or bicycle - entrance fees only apply to visitors age 16 or older. 

Camping in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

$10/night at Kulanaokuaiki ($5 for Golden Age and Golden Access passes), $15/night at Namakanipaio.

Admission to Akaka Falls State Park

$5/non-resident over the age of 3, credit card only. Fees are outlined here.

Admission to Hapuna Beach State Park

$5/non-resident over the age of three, credit card only. Fees are outlined here.

Camping in Big Island (Hawaii County) Parks

$6/adult resident, $21/adult non-resident, $3/junior resident, $21/junior non-resident, $1/child resident, $20/child non-resident. Reservations are required; reserve here. Adults = 18+. Juniors = 13 - 17. Children = 12 and under.

Camping in Hawaii State Parks

$20/campsite for residents (limit ten people, currently 6 per site). $30/campsite for non-residents (limit ten people, now 6 per site). Reservations are required; reserve here

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s sweeping plan is currently rolling out and has goals stretching into 2025. Fees and reservations like those listed here will continue to be added and updated in the coming months and years.

While we hope this list is a useful starting point, given the ongoing nature of the rollout, we strongly recommend assuming there may be a fee and reservation requirements at whichever place you intend to visit. Online resources like the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the National Park Service, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority are good places to check out current requirements for entry to a specific location.  

For example, at the time of writing, many state parks in the Big Island (listed above) are imposing entry fees and reservation requirements - but other locations, such as Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, are still free to enter. It is unclear if or when that will change. 

Keep in mind, of course, that these specific fees and changing requirements are all part of a more significant trend that all available evidence suggests we should come to expect as the new norm. While they may look random and unpredictable now, in the grand scheme of things, they are not. The State of Hawaii will add and increase fees and entry requirements, not remove or reduce them.

They say change is the only constant; it is coming to Hawaii and its millions of annual visitors. All we can do is stay current and try our best to be prepared.

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